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Parbal (Patal)


Botanically it is known as Trichosanthes cucumberina. The plant is a cardiac tonic and antifebrile; its decoction is given in bilious fevers as a febrifuge and laxative. Chemically it contais saponin, hydrocarbons, sterols, glycoside and tannins. The fruit is digestive, stomachic and anti-bilious. Its main action is on the head and stomach. The root juice is a strong purgative. The leaf juice is emetic and so it should be taken with coriander to control bilious fever. The leaf juice is applied over the head for the cure of alopecia (baldness).

Benefit and uses of parbal.

  • The plant is cardiac tonic and antifebrile. Its decoction with chirata and honey is given in bilious fevers as a febrifuge.
  • A decoction or infusion of the plant is an efficacious remedy for boils and worms.
  • The leaf juice is rubbed over the scalp for the cure of alopecia.
  • Powder of the dried root is very effective in curing ascites.
  • A decoction of its leaves with chebulic myrobalan taken in the morning on empty stomach is an age-old remedy for acidity and bilious disorders.
  • Leaf juice is an age-old remedy for liquor poisoning.
  • Leaf juice is a household romedy for controlling high blood pressure.


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